Published DateWOLFEBORO – "Poets and cockroaches," says Poets in the Attic host Gordon Lang. "After a nuclear holocaust, that's who will still be alive, scurrying around, going through their day-to-day routine."
Last month's Poets in the Attic reading at The Country Bookseller was one of the smallest ever, Lang said. And one of the best.
"The ones who made it, the dedicated ones, were some of our best," he said. "The weather was threatening, but the diehards still came in. And it was a real treat. Everyone got to read a lot."
The Poets in the Attic meet every fourth Thursday at The Country Bookseller in Wolfeboro at 7 p.m. Joe Bradley of Pocket Mountain Video records the first hour for broadcast on Community Television, and then the poets continue their open reading for another hour.
"We were such small group Joe hardly had to move the camera," Lang said. "But the quality? Any time we get Dudley Laufman up from Canterbury, you know it's going to be a good night."
At 82, National Heritage Fellow Laufman says he braves the night drive north of the big lake because of the camaraderie and the caliber of the poetry. This is also what draws Charlotte Cox around from Laconia and Tom Diegoli down from Gorham.
Local fans of poetry, of course, don't have to crisscross the state to enjoy such a concentration of good writing. They can catch their favorite Poets in the Attic gathered in a circle at The Country Bookseller next Thursday, February 28, at 7 p.m. They can also buy DVD recordings of past performances. And, as always, all who attend are invited to join in and read their own work or the works of others.
Poets and fans should also set aside a little cash and money for baked goods, coffee and tea, and books, as the store and café stay open on these fourth Thursdays. "The expanded space in the front of the store makes this a really welcoming space to read," Lang said.
The Country Bookseller is on North Main Street in the Durgin Stables complex of shops. Free off-street parking right next to the store is available via Mill Street.